Hasland Loco Shed
Hasland Loco Shed was located just south of Chesterfield on the east side of the ex Midland main line between Derby and Sheffield. The shed consisted of a typical Midland Railway roundhouse with a central turntable. Very conveniently from a spectator's point of view is the lack of a roof over much of the roundhouse, this was lost as a result of a severe storm one Winter and was never replaced.
The layout is dated between the 1930s and its closure on 7th September 1964. During this period the shed provided locos for passenger trains serving Chesterfield Midland station and for coal trains to and from many local collieries such as Grassmoor, Williamthorpe and Holmewood.
Two employees of Hasland Loco Shed created the original layout as a record of their workplace and on their passing away it was made available to the Group. Initial changes to the layout made by the Group saw it being made into a continuous run rather than its end to end format and the provision of a fiddle yard to store the many varieties of trains that it was now possible to operate.
One of the major features of the area in steam days was the heavy coal train hauled either by two locos (double headed - the Midland way!) or by the huge Beyer-Garratt articulated locomotives. Examples of such trains operate on the layout, the articulated locomotives proving to be very popular with spectators.
1997 saw a major renovation of the layout with a completely new fiddle yard capable of holding 18 trains together with reconstruction of the shed and turntable. For the future many other parts will be rebuilt to ensure that this historic layout will be available to entertain model railway enthusiasts but due to its age and to avoid damage it has now been erected permenantly
in the Group's clubroom.
Rolling stock consists of a mixture of kit built and detailed ready to run items with many examples of Private Owner coal wagons from pits throughout the North Derbyshire area.